The Return, The Strike & The Revenge Of Rama Andhika

In IAmWhatIRide, [StRiders]

“Home is where the heart is” ~ Pliny the Elder

That photo below, is the moment before Rama Andhika started his adventure in Japan. I bet it was hard for him to step his feet to the airplane that time…

As we knew before in his story, Rama was in Japan for more than a year, and he’s back to Indonesia for awhile a few weeks ago. Looking on how many people who bring him to the airport on his flight before, with all that “Take care yourself there” smiles, I sense all of his family hugged him to death when he said: “I’m home…

…Let’s not waste time before I cried on my keyboard.

Foto diatas adalah momen sebelum Rama memulai petualangannya di Jepang. Pasti berat untuknya melangkahkan kaki ke pesawat pada saat itu..

Seperti kita tahu dalam cerita sebelumnya, Rama sempat berada di Jepang lebih dari setahun, dan kembali sebentar ke Indonesia beberapa minggu lalu. Melihat berapa banyak yang mengantarnya ke bandara, dengan senyum yang mengatakan “Jaga dirimu disana..”. Mungkin anggota keluarganya memeluk dia sampai sekarat waktu dia bilang “aku pulang..”

Mari lanjutkan ceritanya sebelum air mata saya membasahi keyboard.

Kawasaki EX250 Ninja NightWish Rama Andhika

As he spent most his time drooling seeing the miraculous “otobai” scene of Japan. Rama can’t help himself thinking to ride motorcycle over and over again, but without an international license, He had to forget it. Moreover, he always missing a ride with the favorite bike of his, which also a part of his family : NightWish.

Selama ia menghabiskan waktunya ‘ngacay’ mengamati suasana kehidupan motoris Jepang, Rama terus-terusan berpikir untuk berkendara, tapi berhubung ngga punya SIM internasional, niat itu ngga pernah terwujud. Lagipula, ia kangen riding dengan motor favoritnya, yang sudah menjadi bagian dari keluarganya: NightWish.

OVER Racing Japan Ninja EX250 Swingarm

To bring NightWish to Japan sounds like not a perfect idea to do. So, Rama decided to bring Japan to NightWish. In this matter, a chunk of Japanese craftsmanship, an Over Racing aluminium swingarm. Yes, It’s perfectly polished so we can clearly see Rama’s toe thumb.

Membawa NightWish ke Jepang nampak bukan ide yang bagus. Jadi Rama memutuskan untuk membawa Jepang ke NightWish, dalam bentuk hasil karya pengrajin motor: sebuah swingarm aluminium dari Over Racing. Seperti nampak di atas, saking kinclongnya kita bisa lihat jempol Rama.

Kawasaki Ninja EX250 NightWish Rama Andhika Back

Most of the time, I did not have any special interest on a baby Ninja, but NightWish perhaps the most beautiful EX250R that I’ve ever seen. Just like a Kunoichi, She let me trapped staring on her smooth leg, and I’m dead already. Along with the swingarm Rama replaced the OEM real wheel with the local tasted Chemco wheels together with Battlax BT-003 which let her look beefier but slimmer by 5.5 kgs. And an S20 for the front.

Biasanya, saya tidak tertarik melihat Ninja 250, tapi NightWish mungkin EX250R yang paling cantik yang pernah saya lihat. Layaknya Kunoichi, ia membuat saya terpana menatap kakinya yang mulus, dan tiba-tiba saya sudah terkapar mati. Bersama dengan swingarm, Rama mengganti velg belakang orisinil dengan Chemco, juga memasang BT-003 yang membuat NightWish lebih gemuk, tapi lebih ringan 5,5kg. Tidak lupa S20 di depan.

Kawasaki EX250 Ninja Rama Andhika NightWish Side

Aside from the latterly assembled part, lets look at the details of NightWish like this one and only high mount-type Abramo full system exhaust for EX 250 in the world. Rama specially designed it himself, and ordered his best mate Lana (whom also Abramo’s chairman) to calculate the performance upgrade. Actually the prototype was promoted for the market, but since it requires to replace the passenger pegs with the can holder bracket so it was less demanded. Does it mean most of Indonesian sportriders are still willing to share their saddle? Maybe.

But the most important thing is, don’t we love it when our bike is very special? Even better, it describes us.

Selain yang baru terpasang tadi, mari kita amati detail dari Nightwish lainnya, seperti High-mounted Abramo full system untuk ninja 250 yang hanya ada 1 di dunia. Rama mendesainnya khusus untuk dirinya sendiri dan meminta sahabatnya, Lana (sebagai pemilik merek Abramo) untuk menghitung peningkatan performanya. Sebenarnya prototype ini sempat mau dijual massal, tapi karena pemasangannya harus menggusur footstep boncenger, jadinya tidak banyak yang minat. Apa ini artinya rata-rata pengendara sportbike di Indonesia pada suka membonceng? Mungkin saja.

Tapi yang penting adalah, bukannya kita suka saat motor kita spesial? atau yang lebih penting, ia dapat mendeskripsikan seperti apa kita.

Fast Bikes Oxford Grips Ninja EX250 Rama Andhika NightWish

Like Rama whom always curious about the worldwide bike culture and NightWish proudly show us what he likes. As we can see, he subscribes to the awesome UK released magazine.

Seperti Rama yang selalu penasaran akan budaya motor di dunia, NightWish dengan bangga menunjukkan kita apa yang ia suka. Seperti terlihat, Rama langganan majalah motor cetakan Inggris yang populer itu!

Killboy.com Stickers Ninja EX250 Rama Andhika NightWish

He also idolize Darryl Cannon the Deal’s Gap’s famous image capturer. The stickers was sent by his wife, Lori herself to our friend, Dika. He gave two of them for me, and I gave Rama one of them. Sharing is caring, right?

Ia juga mengidolakan Darryl Cannon, sang fotografer Deal’s Gap yang terkenal dengan sebutan “Tail of the Dragon”. Stiker ini dikirim langsung oleh istrinya, Lori kepada Dika, teman saya dan Rama. Dika beri saya 2, dan saya beri Rama 1. Sharing is caring, right?

C3 Stickers Visor Ninja 250 NightWish Rama Andhika

Didn’t forget to mention, Rama also proudly said where he belongs to

Tidak lupa, Rama juga dengan bangga menunjukkan dari mana ia berasal

A.S.A.P Stickers Rama Andhika Ninja EX250 NightWish

…The families.

Since he weren’t stay in Indonesia for long, he paid the times he missed in Japan in hard cash. His Kunoichi was not having any exercise for quite a long time, so it’s time to stretch her muscles and check how the upgrades affects.

…”Keluarganya”.

Mengingat waktunya di Indonesia tak akan lama, ia menebus momen yang ia rindukan selama di jepang, KONTAN! Sang Kunoichi sudah lama tidak berlatih, saatnya meregangkan ototnya dan mengecek bagaimana perubahan setelah proses upgrade.

NightWish Track Time Ninja EX250 Sentul Rama Andhika

Hell yes. All of those combinations worked like a charm. The wobbles that most of those EX’s had from it’s arm flex were cured, a thanks to RPM shocks too (yes, that small canister on the 2nd pic). As he said to me, wider grip gave wider smile and the softer rubber let NightWish dance more confidently. Going in and out tight twisties are no more a hard work. Those sexy legs worked perfectly. Well done, Rama!

In fact, after all those changes Rama kinda felt a need of an engine upgrades. But as a daily company, NightWish is more than satisfying.

Semua kombinasi perubahan diatas terbukti sakti. Goyangan yang umum terjadi pada EX250 dengan arm standar terobati, terima kasih juga kepada sokbreker RPM (lihat kaleng kecil di foto kedua). Seperti katanya, grip lebih lebar membawa senyum lebih lebar pula, dan kompon lunak membawa tarian NightWish lebih percaya diri. Keluar masuk tikungan sempit tidak lagi sebuah kerja keras. Setelan kaki-kaki seksi itu ampuh! Selamat, Rama!

Sebenarnya, setelah semua ubahan itu, Rama malah merasa perlu upgrade mesin. Tapi sebagai teman harian, NightWish lebih dari sekedar memuaskan.

Ninja EX250 Kawasaki ER6 NightWish Sentul Corner

Didn’t wanna waste the precious moment, Rama’s beloved little brother, Chandra bring his ER-6 and play along in Sentul Circuit.

Tidak mau kehilangan momen yang berharga ini, Chandra, adik Rama membawa ER-6nya dan ikut bermain di Sirkuit Sentul.

NightWish ER6 Sentul Side Corner Indonesia

It seems he really missed his brother, since he kept teasing Rama on corners.

Nampaknya ia benar-benar rindu kakaknya, melihat Chandra terus mengusili Rama di dalam tikungan.

Take Over Ninja EX250 Sentul NightWish ER6

Rama won’t endure, he gave it all back. They intimidated each other on the curves…

Tapi Rama tidak mau mengalah, ia membalasnya. Rama dan Chandra saling mengintimidasi di dalam tikungan..

Ninja EX250 ER6 Sentul Track Indonesia

..and laughs away after the exit. What a sweet gearheads brothers way to communicate. No pressures, no boundaries. Flawless.

Dan tertawa saat keluar tikungan. Cara komunikasi gearheads brothers yang benar-benar unik. Tanpa beban, tanpa batas. Sempurna.

Rama Andhika Chandra BroFist Sentul

The duet dance performed successfully as well as the upgrades succeeded. Ended up with a broshake and a big smile from the two brothers. We can even see it from outside the helmet. Damn rascal brothers! You guys showed us amazingly how motorcycles bond a family.

By the time you read this, Rama was back in Japan. He told me about his plan to get a motorcycle license there. Just wait, Striders.. I can smell you guys craving for more story from him. Just wait.. For now, just hope Rama passed the license test, and share his experiences with us again.

Good luck, Rama!

Tarian duet mereka sukses, seperti halnya upgrade di NightWish. Diakhiri dengan ‘broshake’ dan senyum lebar dari dari keduanya yang bahkan terlihat dari luar helm. Dasar kalian kakak-beradik yang bandel! Kalian menunjukkan gimana sepeda motor bisa melekatkan keluarga.

Saat kalian baca ini, Rama sudah kembali ke Jepang (atau sudah di Indonesia lagi malah, tergantung kapan bacanya). Ia cerita soal rencananya untuk mendapatkan SIM disana. Tunggu saja Striders.. Saya tahu kalian menanti cerita lain dari Rama. Untuk sekarang, berharaplah Rama lulus tes SIM dan membagi lagi pengalamannya dengan kita.

Good luck, Rama!

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27 Comments

    • Well, any bike will do.. ;)

      No problem, buddy.. you’ll get used to it if you play on SnR often ;)

    • As what we’ve all agreed. There is no limit to biking. As long as you have the dream to go for it. Am I right, Lads!? :D

  1. jadi inget kakak di kota sebelah, sama2 suka otomotif, tapi sampe segede gini lom pernah riding bareng …:|

  2. 本当にありがとうございます!(Thank you very much!). It’s a big honor for my NightWish to be included inside the most AWESOME bike-blog in Indonesia! (kneeling bow),
    Dan semua ini tidak akan bisa terjadi tanpa support dan bantuan dari kalian semua wahai pemilik dan pembaca blog ini. Sayang berhubung sekarang saya tinggal di Jepang, jadi tidak bisa bermain dengan NightWish lagi kecuali pas pulang. :(
    But I hope to see and ride with you guys when I’m going back home next time. :D

  3. Gak muncul di Wp reader, jadi baru sempet baca.

    Dan Nightwish adalah Ninja tersimple tapi keren yang pernah Saya liat. Paling suka sama bagian kaki belakangnya :)

    • Terima kasih. Dari awal beli NightWish memang milih warna hitam biar tidak terlalu menarik perhatian orang. Kami pemalu soalnya. :p Hehehehe..

  4. *bring japan to nightwish…hmm, bring it to my kuro too please :D

  5. it is true that we always miss our time together with our partner……
    *selalu kangen waktu2 bersama Altia pas lagi sakit, i hope God still give me chances to be together with her

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